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Tap Into a Woman's Inner-Mother Earth: Gifts for Her Outdoor Space & Lifestyle


It's not too late or early to buy or send a gift for that special woman: your wife, mother, girlfriend, sister, aunt, niece, etc. Mother Earth sets the stage for that female-outdoors connection. So, it's only appropriate that many gifts revolve around nature and a woman's outdoor environment. She might get a spiritual, nurturing or renewal fix from gardening, her patio, relaxing outside or enjoying gatherings with family. Give her an outdoorsy gift and watch the beautiful smile that lights up her face.

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Tommy Bahama Lattice Lantern

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Tommy Bahama taps into its feminine side with this lovely white ceramic lattice lantern that will add a certain soft glow to her outdoor world. Open the lantern's lid and gently drop in one of Tommy Bahama's exotic candles to add some scents to the ambiance. "Flavors" include:
  • Pineapple Paradise
  • Island Blend
  • Passionfruit Coconut
  • Maui Mango
  • Coconut Mango
  • Pineapple Cilantro

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Botanical Interests Seeds

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When you're browsing through the seeds at your local nursery, Botanical Interests are the packets with the beautiful illustrations. Just looking at a packet of bunny tails or miniature pumpkins makes you want to drop everything, go home and garden. Now.

There are many nice reasons to give a lady some seeds, including:

  • Planting seeds is something you can do together.
  • It's an original and thoughtful gift.
  • It's budget-friendly.

Colorado-based Botanical Interests sells sets of seed packets through its website. Packaged in a gift box and tied with a green ribbon, the collections include: container vegetable garden, butterfly, bee, wicked garden and cat lover's. My sets arrived in gift-ready shape and included seed-starting tips.

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Deluxe Succulent Garden

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Cut flowers are always a popular choice, but say it with green chic when you bestow upon a lady a living potted plant she can grow on her patio or in the garden. Succulents are fashionable and low maintenance, indoors or out. Comes in a modern black zinc container.

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Ethel Gloves: She's Got the World in Her Hands

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Ethel is everywoman: wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, a friend.  She's the modern woman. And, while modern women have always been apt DIYers, they still need to keep their hands protected, lovely and ready for more. That's where Ethel Gloves come in. These aren't fat-fingered guy-gloves. Ethels are sturdy and contoured to fit a woman's hand like — well, a glove. The icing on the cupcake is that they come in oh-so-stylish colors and prints!

Ethel is always updating their line. Each pair has suede fingertips and palms, and come in sizes S-L. New additions this year include an all-leather glove, Susan G. Komen for the Cure pink glove, and a line to debut at the Chelsea Flower Show.

You won't catch me in the yard without my Ethels.

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Did you know that slipping in a pair of flip flops on the slickened concrete or tile near a pool is a common backyard accident? One way to avoid this mishap is to wear the right shoes with an antisliip sole, like the popular FitFlops sandals.

Not only do FitFlops keep you from sliding, they keep your legs and gluteous maximus toned. Let's face it — women love shoes. And shoes Mom or the special woman in your life can wear around the yard while toning her leg muscles is a win-win gift choice. The only problem? Deciding which style and color she'll like.

Better get two pairs!

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Floating Pretty: Spring Float SunSeat

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Even if mom doesn't have her own pool, she can take her stylish SunSeat to someone else's since it comes with its own matching storage bag. Swimways' sit-up style Spring Float SunSeat opens and closes with a flip of the wrist and its jet valve inflates and deflates quickly and easily. Besides floating in the pool, the SunSeat is a great tube for river and ocean floating. Colors: white, orange, aqua or lime.

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Miraclesuit Swimwear

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Hmmm. Patio. Pool. Swimming. A suitable gift for a lady who spends time in or near a pool. Perhaps a fabulous-fitting, flattering and gorgeous swimsuit? Like, maybe, the nicest one she's owned and felt good about herself since she was 18?

Miraclesuits are for women with women's curvacious bodies. Their slogan: Look 10 lbs Lighter in 10 seconds.

What's not to love about that? And you — the miracle giver — will rate high on her chart.  The suits come in various sizes and have hard-to-find features like waist shirring, wrap styling, and are designed to enlongate torsos and legs, accentuate busts and flatten stomachs.

A great-looking swimsuit will make her feel good about herself. And don't forget to tell her how lovely she looks.

A swimsuit in winter? Why not? There are indoor pools, warm-winter climates (Arizona, Australia — and that's just the A's). Plus, it gives her something to look forward to, and a reason to start up that exercise regime after New Year's.

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Okabashi Sandals

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Okabashi sandals, garden clogs and flip-flops are anti-slip and antimicrobial — the importance of which I can 't emphasize enough when you're puttering around in the backyard. Unlike the typical cute but cheap-o flipflops that pop out of or tear away from the sole halfway through the summer, the toe-piece and sides are molded into the sole, becoming, like, one.

If you like to do a poolside strut in bikini and stillettos, these probably aren't your footwear. Although, they probably should be. Besides featuring lots of styles and colors, Okabashi footwear are designed with microbeaded massaging insoles, arch support, and — my favorite — they're dishwasher safe. I'm wearing turquoise "Maui" Okabashis these days; my feet are thanking me.


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Outdoor Entertaining Idea Book

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The outdoors is naturally conducive to entertaining, and in the appropriately titled Outdoor Entertaining Idea Book (Taunton Press, 2009), author Natalie Ermannn Russell ties together all the right ingredients to host guests in your outdoor living spaces. The book is organized into five sections:

  1. Cooking Outdoors
  2. Outdoor Dining
  3. Outdoor Living Rooms
  4. By the Pool
  5. Garden Rooms

In between are more than 350 photos of fabulous ideas and designs, along with details that cover lots of ground, from recipes and types of outdoor kitchens to furniture selection and landscape design. Russell is a former editor of Martha Stewart Living. All the questions you have about entertaining outdoors can be found within the pages of this book.

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Oxo Candela Glow Lights

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Hey, Mom, how does your garden glow? Brilliantly, and for up to eight hours.

Ever notice how women just love to give one another candles as gifts? Taking that as a cue, give the lady who lights up your life a set of these amazing OXO Candela Glow rechargeable lights. Their warm, ambient LED lights can be left unattended and won’t blow out during a sudden gust of wind.

Place them around the pool, on the deck or the patio dining table and treat her to an evening (hopefully one of many) outdoors. Cordless, long-lasting Glow rechargeable LED lights are brighter, safer, cleaner, more durable and easier to use than candles. Available in sets of two, four or eight and includes rechargeable batteries and charging base.

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"The Vertical Garden" by Patrick Blanc

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Does the lady on your gift list live in a home with a small yard? As outdoor living spaces become smaller — especially in urban areas — gardeners are finding it a challenge to grow their favorite plants. One solution that makes total sense and is catching on is vertical gardening, which uses the outside walls of our buildings to attach containers and trellises, etc.

Author Patrick Blanc is a landscape designer who offers smart advice and shares photos of his work for clients in New York and Japan, along with other beautiful vertical landscapes throughout the world. The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City, Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.; August 2008.


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Retro Metal Glider

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For the midcentury mama, this fabulous metal glider harkens back to the days when folks used to sit for a spell on the front porch and watch the world slowly cruise by. Often referred to as "Tulip", "Shell-Back" or "Motel" chairs, these are from seat two comfortably.

Colors vary. Metal chair and rocking chair sold separately. Steel with powder-coated finish.

And you don't need a porch to own one of these gliders. They work perfectly well on patios, decks, balconies and lawns.


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